The Ijaw Youths Council Worldwide has said it would pursue the establishment of a regional security outfit in the New Year to secure the South-South geo-political zone and the Niger Delta as a whole.
IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa, who stated this in his New Year address in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday said like the Amotekun in the West, it had become imperative for the South-South to float its security outfit.
Igbifa said youths would mount pressure on the governors to undertake all executive and legislative processes required to make the outfit happen.
“We are not alien to the reports of infiltrations of the Fulani herdsmen and other groups in our bushes and environment. The recurrent discovery of guns and live ammunition on the highways is a clear indication that we must be prepared at all times.
“The news of our women being raped and killed in bushes, farmers intimidated and maimed on a regular basis and travelers robbed and killed is becoming unbearable. It is no longer news that most of our city’s vigilante are Northerners holding machetes and safeguarding our own territories.
“This seems ridiculous as it reveals our highhandedness in trivializing possible attack on us all.
We, therefore, call on all structures of the council, zonal chapters and clans to set up mechanisms to check this unfortunate security threat in our region. I and my team are seriously considering the establishment of our own regional security outfit in line with the proposal made by the governors of our region. We shall push for this outfit and impress it upon the governors to invoke a required legislative process to give it a legal backing”.
He said the IYC under his leadership would push for the relocation of the headquarters of multinational oil companies to the region in obedience to Presidential directives; as well as the passage of the Petroleum Industrial Bill into law; the practice of true federalism, stoppage of military invasion in Ijaw communities and issuance of indigenous licenses for modular refineries.
He said the IYC would hold all political holders from the region accountable and compel them to defend the common course of the Ijaw people.
Igbifa, however, decried the disunity among different stakeholders in Ijaw land, saying if the division festers, the Ijaw people would not be able to realize their common aspirations and called on all stakeholders to unite and speak in one voice in the New Year.